The Boys in the Band (Original Version)
by Mart Crowley
Full Length Play, Drama / 9m
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances. It was subsequently made into a feature film with the original cast, directed by Academy Award-winner William Friedkin.
In 2018, The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut at the Booth Theatre in an unprecedented production featuring a cast of entirely out-and-proud gay actors. "Its reappearance now is a triumph of liberation." -Jesse Green, The New York Times
In his Upper East Side apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-avowed “thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked, Jew fairy,” complete with surprise gift: “Cowboy,” a street hustler. As the evening wears on – fueled by drugs and alcohol – bitter, unresolved resentments among the guests come to light when a game of “Truth” goes terribly wrong.
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances. It was subsequently made into a feature film with the original cast, directed by Academy Award-winner William Friedkin. In 2018, The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut at the Booth Theatre in an unprecedented production featuring a cast of entirely out-and-proud gay actors. This new edition contains both the original two-act script and the one-act Broadway version, as well as an introduction by celebrated playwright Tony Kushner.
"Wildly entertaining. By turns vicious, lacerating and bitingly funny. Crowley's play is a reflection of a certain period of American history, but it is also a mirror of our current one." - Hanya Yanagihara, The New York Times
“A drama that marked a turning point in the American theater.”–Peter Marks, The Washington Post "A play of real substance, one that deserves to be performed not occasionally but regularly." – The Wall Street Journal
“One of the few plays that honestly helped spark a social revolution.” –Associated Press
“One of the most effective American plays of the past half-century.” –The Wall Street Journal
"Terrifically thoughtful [...] The Boys in the Band emerges remarkably universal." – NY1
"Deliriously delicious." – Gay City News
"The Boys in the Band [...] goes from wittily !@#$%^&* to heartbreakingly brutal [...]" – Out Magazine
"Witty, !@#$%^&*, revelatory and dazzlingly entertaining [...] the excoriating wit is still there." – New York Post
"Humor is still on key in this poignant, sparkling revival of a landmark gay play [...] the star of the evening is the play itself solidly built, still moving and enormously entertaining." – New York Daily News
"This is a play that takes the homosexual way of life totally for granted and uses this as a valid basis for human experience [...] the power of the play is the way in which it remorselessly peels away the pretensions of its characters." – The New York Times
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1960s
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Apartment the East Side in New York City.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
DONALD - twenty-eight, medium blond, wholesome American good looks.
EMORY - thirty-three, small, frail, very plain.
LARRY - twenty-nine with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Dark eyes, dark hair, extremely handsome.
HANK - thirty-two, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.
BERNARD - twenty-eight, African-American, tall, gaunt, nice-looking, dressed in Ive-League clothes.
COWBOY - twenty-two, light blond, muscle-bound, too pretty.
HAROLD - thirty-two, dark, lean, strong limbs, unusual face.
ALAN - thirty, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.
- All Male
- Multicultural casting
The Boys In the Band was first presented at Theatre Four in New York City on April 14, 1968. It was directed by Robert Moore.